Congo president promises Letta a 'quick' review of adoptions
Italian officials to help 25 adoptive couples held up in Africa24 December, 14:45
During the two leaders' conversation, Letta "expressed the strong expectation of a quick solution," said the premier's press office.
Earlier this month, the Congolese government reiterated its intention of suspending adoption procedures for one year for citizens of the United States, France, Belgium, Canada, Britain, and Italy - leaving the 25 Italian couples trapped there with their adopted children. They have been blocked since mid-November from bringing their adopted children back with them to Italy despite previous approval.
The Congolese government blocked the adoptions after it surfaced that in some cases in the past, children wound up in the custody of single or gay parents, which is not allowed in Congo.